- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina appeals court is rejecting an effort by a pair of parents to reverse a judge who last month blocked a new law that would have allowed taxpayer money to go for tuition at private or religious schools.

The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the request by parents Cynthia Perry and Gennell Curry, who joined the case arguing their children would benefit by the grants that opponents call vouchers. State attorneys are separately defending the law passed last summer.

The appeals court’s decision means the program remains suspended until a trial or other appeals judges reverse the hold.

A judge blocked the grants in February, days before a lottery to pick 2,400 students who would receive up to $4,200 toward private school tuition next fall.

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